How to Change Your Kid's Bad Attitude: 5 Steps - MakeSureHow
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It may seem cute when your preschooler gets sassy or pouts at you, but it'll be far less amusing when she's grown into a whiny adolescent or sulky teenager. Toddlers and preschoolers are developing character traits and learning that actions have consequences, so don't let a bad attitude slide, even when you feel like you have a million other things to deal with.


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    Set clear boundaries and consistently enforce them. For example, say, "I know that candy looks delicious, but we don't buy candy in the checkout aisle. We'll make cookies together tonight." Don't be persuaded by a tantrum, even if you're getting glares or your child's whining is overwhelming and even embarrassing.
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    Stay calm when enforcing discipline. Don't raise your voice, become sarcastic or match his bad attitude, no matter how frustrated you are. For example, calmly remind him, "I asked you to pick up your toys. We can't go to the park today, because your room isn't clean.
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    Stick to your family's routine. Toddlers and preschoolers are more likely to be whiny if they're tired, hungry or anxious, so make sure they sleep and eat on a regular schedule.
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    Set a good example. If you whine about your bills or speak rudely to customer service, your child is learning these same behaviors. Instead, do your best to stay positive and model good manners and respect at all times.
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    Monitor the television, movies and other media your child is exposed to, both at home and at friends' homes. If the shows he's watching portray disrespectful behavior as cool and funny, it's time for you to regain control of the remote. Better yet, turn off the television and head to the library.TipsCheck that your expectations are realistic. Some negativity is normal, especially for toddlers, and there's a big difference between a bad day and an ongoing bad attitude.Take care of yourself. It's hard to be an effective parent when you never get a break. If you're getting frustrated or stressed out, ask a family member or friend to help out so you can spend some time relaxing.WarningIf your child's attitude isn't improving or he seems to be angry all the time, talk to your doctor. She may be able to give you some new strategies or find out if there's an underlying condition.

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